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  • Examines and explains the ubi sunt form of poetic verse in Old English poetry using the Lament of the Last Survivor from Beowulf and The Wanderer. Analyzes the form and function of this verse form, as well as its historic implications.

    Ubi-Sunt Poetic Verse in Beowulf and The Wanderer

    Ubi-Sunt Poetic Verse in Beowulf and The Wanderer

    by Anaya M. Baker1

  • The Adventure of the Priory School is a Sherlock Holmes story that sees the detective investigating the disappearance of the young Lord Saltire, a disappearance that is soon linked to a murder.

    Plot Summary of the Adventure of the Priory School

    Plot Summary of the Adventure of the Priory School

    by Colin Quartermain1

  • An analysis of Jane Eyre, the most famous of Bronte's novels and heroines, as well as the other protagonists of her lesser-known works.

    The Heroines of Charlotte Bronte

    The Heroines of Charlotte Bronte

    by collegatariat6

  • Before I Fall (2010) is a young adult novel recounting the last days of a 17-year old girl who relives the day of her death, over and over again.

    Before I Fall Book Review

    Before I Fall Book Review

    by Joseph Lawrence0

  • Believe it or not, there are many historical fiction works that make you stop and think. It could be the person or event the story is about or it could be the different angle an author takes. It could also be a sensitive topic addressed in a manner...

    Historical Fiction That Makes You Think

    Historical Fiction That Makes You Think

    by Rebecca Graf0

  • The English actress known for "Mary Poppins" and "The Sound of Music" wrote a classic 1971 children's novel in the vein of "The Little Princess," "The Secret Garden," and "Anne of Green Gables"

    A Reader's Guide to

    A Reader's Guide to "Mandy" by Julie Andrews Edwards

    by Brittany Rowland0

  • Margaret Hale is one of the strongest fictional heroines ever written. The main character in Elizabeth Gaskell's North and South, Margaret is a picture of bravery, endurance, and selflessness.

    Margaret Hale, The Heroine of "North and South"

    Margaret Hale, The Heroine of "North and South"

    by Rose West12

  • An in-depth critique detailing the weaker aspects of The Fellowship of the Ring novel, and why I’m not in love with it like most fantasy fans seem to be.

    Fellowship of the Ring Critique: Overrated?

    Fellowship of the Ring Critique: Overrated?

    by Jasper Martens0

  • Sigmund Freud divided the human psyche into three parts: the id, the ego, and the super ego. If one were to view each division of the Freudian psyche, in correlation with each of the monsters in the poem, they might notice the id represented by Grendel, the ego, represented by Grendel’s mother and lastly, the super ego, represented by the dragon.

    A Freudian Take on

    A Freudian Take on "Beowulf"

    by Joe Friedman4

  • The Adventure of the Crooked Man is a short Sherlock Holmes story written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. In the Adventure of the Crooked Man, Holmes departs from Baker St to Aldershot taking Watson along.

    Plot Summary of the Adventure of the Crooked Man

    Plot Summary of the Adventure of the Crooked Man

    by Colin Quartermain0

  • The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor is a short Sherlock Holmes story from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The case deals with the missing bride of Lord St Simon, one of England's most prominent nobles.

    Plot Summary of the Adventure of the Noble Bachelor

    Plot Summary of the Adventure of the Noble Bachelor

    by Colin Quartermain0

  • Idun was a very valued goddess in Norse Mythology, for she had the magic the Gods most desperately wanted. And it was contained in special golden apples that contained the power of youth.

    Idun: Goddess of Youth and Protector of…Apples?

    Idun: Goddess of Youth and Protector of…Apples?

    by Dean Traylor0

  • The Adventure of the Cardboard Box is a short story penned by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle featuring Sherlock Holmes. A tale of murder, the story in its day was one of the most controversial.

    Plot Summary of the Adventure of the Cardboard Box

    Plot Summary of the Adventure of the Cardboard Box

    by Colin Quartermain1

  • The Adventure of Black Peter is a Sherlock Holmes case that sees the detective investigate the murder of the former sea captain, a murder committed with the unusual weapon of a harpoon.

    Plot Summary of the Adventure of Black Peter

    Plot Summary of the Adventure of Black Peter

    by Colin Quartermain1

  • What is it about medieval literature that presents itself to allow readers to know it is medieval in nature? It is more than just the date in which these works were written.

    To Be or Not to Be.....Medieval?

    To Be or Not to Be.....Medieval?

    by Ali0

  • Odd Apocalypse is book 6 in the Odd Thomas series. It takes the series in a much different direction from where it had gone up until this point. Good, bad, or indifferent, it is not like the others.

    An Audio Book Review of Odd Apocalypse by Dean Koontz

    An Audio Book Review of Odd Apocalypse by Dean Koontz

    by Leonard L Sampson0

  • A performer in the karaoke scene gets hit on by a youngster half her age because she encouraged him to perform a song and dance number for the sake of musical expression.

    I Don't Know How I Got Here

    I Don't Know How I Got Here

    by Alysia McAlister4

  • The Adventure of the Yellow Face is a case for Sherlock Holmes in short story form. The story is memorable as it displays the fallibility of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's creation.

    Plot Summary of the Adventure of the Yellow Face

    Plot Summary of the Adventure of the Yellow Face

    by Colin Quartermain0

  • Long, sweeping romances. Light, fluffy reads. Whatever your preference, summer is the perfect time to catch up on your reading. Here are my top 5 books you should add to your summer TBR.

    5 Best Books for Those Long Summer Days

    5 Best Books for Those Long Summer Days

    by Rachel Elizabeth0

  • William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” was written as a fictional play, but the characters and situations of the play offer keen observations of 16th century life. Desire is an emotion experienced by all people. Shakespeare presents the desires of the multiple characters in “Twelfth Night” to emphasize the societal limitations of the characters according to gender, social class, and birthright.

    Theme of Desire in Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night"

    Theme of Desire in Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night"

    by Nancy Snyder5

  • In this essay, three different examples of different defense mechanisms from Toni Morrison's novel, Sula, are pointed out and analyzed through the use of psychoanalytic criticism.

    Defense Mechanisms in Sula by Toni Morrison

    Defense Mechanisms in Sula by Toni Morrison

    by RykerH0

  • Hamlet's tragedy stems from a number of origins. The obvious one is the death of his father. Hamlet is a tragic figure from the moment the audience encounters him, dressed in 'solemn black'. The second cause of Hamlet's tragedy is his mother's behaviour. Instead of sharing her son's grief, and supporting him through it, she has remarried with indecent haste.

    Hamlet: The Sources of His Tragedy

    Hamlet: The Sources of His Tragedy

    by Tricia Mason0

  • This Middle-earth profile covers Nienor, daughter of Hurin and Morwen, and sister/wife of her brother Turin. Again if you want a proper context, read the Silmarillion and the Children of Hurin

    Middle-Earth Profiles: Nienor

    Middle-Earth Profiles: Nienor

    by Jamal Smith1

  • A great thrilled ruined by a weak ending that didn't make much sense and seemed out of character for the characters involved...

    You Will Pay by Lisa Jackson

    You Will Pay by Lisa Jackson

    by kathryn640

  • This book is the perfect retreat for anyone who’s ever worked their hardest and failed anyway, about a girl who's always loved baking fresh bread, and featuring a handsome honey-maker and a puffling.

    The Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan

    The Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan

    by Amanda Leitch1

  • Honour is a pervasive theme in the tragedy Hamlet by William Shakespeare. The obvious contrast between the characters Hamlet and Laertes is well established in much scholarly work on the play. Hamlet is uncertain and slow to action, while Laertes is...

    Themes of Honour in Shakespeare's Hamlet

    Themes of Honour in Shakespeare's Hamlet

    by Jake Brannen0

  • By utilizing the epistolary technique with Celie and Shug's female characters in The Color Purple, Walker is able to illustrate the African American lesbian experience in an oppressive society, explore abuses to African American women, explore varying perspectives of lesbianism, and illustrate the perseverance of the African American feminine nature within Showalter's gynocentric Y zone of experience.

    Alice Walker's The Color Purple

    Alice Walker's The Color Purple

    by Dr Harris' Perspective2

  • An in-depth book review of James Redfield's novel, which is a continuation of The Celestine Prophecy, a bestseller. Literary and metaphysical commentary. An interview with the author on two-part video

    The Tenth Insight: Holding the Vision

    The Tenth Insight: Holding the Vision

    by Marie Flint3

  • Miss Read is a well-loved author of books about English village life. Her Fairacre and Thrush Green series are gentle, witty and very enjoyable.

    Miss Read

    Miss Read

    by PE Hardwicke3

  • Did Iris Murdoch expose mediocre authors, using the first act of Richard Strauss's opera Der Rosenkavalier as the pivotal point in her novel, 'The Black Prince? That opera opening still shocks today.

    Indie Writers Can Tell it How it Is

    Indie Writers Can Tell it How it Is

    by Clive La Pensee0

  • Edgar Allen Poe has a natural talent for placing doubt in his reader's mind. He presents a number of very obvious details to force his readers into thinking in one direction while, at the same time, sprinkles smaller details in to throw them off...

    Edgar Allen Poe: "The Oblong Box"

    Edgar Allen Poe: "The Oblong Box"

    by bethbriskey2

  • Josef K, an up and coming banker, wakes up one day to find himself under arrest for no apparent reason. The Trial is the story of his frustrating quest for justice.

    Short Review of The Trial by Franz Kafka

    Short Review of The Trial by Franz Kafka

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • Forever Odd is the second book by Dean Koontz, in the Odd Thomas series. Dean Koontz is one of my favorite authors, and I think his work on The Odd Thomas series is some of his best.

    An Audio Book Review of Forever Odd by Dean Koontz

    An Audio Book Review of Forever Odd by Dean Koontz

    by Leonard L Sampson0

  • Shylock, in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, embodies emotion unfettered by moral or intellectual constraints. Shylocks' speech at the beginning of act four, scene one distances him from the rest of society and perpetuates his ostracism as his actions validate Antonio's attacks upon his character and depict him as a creature without morals but only emotion, and as an entity of pure evil when, despite the fact he realizes his own flaws in logic and all appeal to his compassion and mercy, he

    Analysis of the Villain Shylock in

    Analysis of the Villain Shylock in "The Merchant of Venice"

    by Schatzie Speaks6

  • History is more than dates and facts. It can be inspiring. Many authors have taken history and written great stories that have been read by millions.

    How History Inspires Great Stories

    How History Inspires Great Stories

    by Rebecca Graf0

  • Sara grew up with an embarrassingly eccentric grandmother named Mags and her hippie friends. But death brings Sara back to a small town to learn about the woman she hardly knew and her lost love.

    The Hideaway Book Review and Recipe

    The Hideaway Book Review and Recipe

    by Amanda Leitch0

  • This is a book review of Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon. This particular review tackles this masterpiece of modern literature from an outside the box perspective.

    Gravity's Rainbow: A Reading

    Gravity's Rainbow: A Reading

    by Nick E Purse0

  • The first couple adventures of Stephen King's famous gunslinger were absolute masterpieces. But what about the sequels. Here I take a look at the second book in the series to see if it is worth while.

    The Drawing of Three: A Walk On The Wild Side

    The Drawing of Three: A Walk On The Wild Side

    by SamieFoster0

  • Milton's 'Paradise Lost' is one of the greatest creations of writing.The invocation comprising the first twenty six lines of Book one is of excellent making as the Poet invokes God to illuminate him.

    Milton's Invocation in "Paradise Lost"

    Milton's Invocation in "Paradise Lost"

    by Rajib Chakrabarty3

  • Why do people read sad books, listen to sad songs, or enjoy a movie where the good guys don't save the day or get the girl in the end? A discussion of tragedy.

    The Value of "Depressing" Fiction

    The Value of "Depressing" Fiction

    by Rachael Lefler0

  • Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon is an eventful and vibrant story about what happens to the people around us when we love, too much.

    Book Review: Everything, Everything

    Book Review: Everything, Everything

    by Joseph Lawrence0

  • The Count of Monte Cristo is one of the most interesting and well-written books I have ever read, written by the author Alexander Dumas. This article is about some of my thoughts on this book.

    The Count of Monte Cristo - Some Thoughts

    The Count of Monte Cristo - Some Thoughts

    by Christine0

  • The Scanguards series is written by Tina Folsom, it is a paranormal romance/erotica series about Vampires who run a bodyguard company and the love that they finally find.

    My Review: Scanguard Series by Tina Folsom

    My Review: Scanguard Series by Tina Folsom

    by Mia Trueheart0

  • The Adventure of the Gloria Scott is a short Sherlock Holmes story from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. In the Adventure of the Gloria Scott, Holmes tells Watson of an early case when Holmes was at university

    Plot Summary of the Adventure of the Gloria Scott

    Plot Summary of the Adventure of the Gloria Scott

    by Colin Quartermain0

  • An opinionated review of an American classic. Why is Gatsby idolized? Why is Nick useless? Why was Fitzgerald a hypocrite? Read on.

    Why The Great Gatsby is Overrated

    Why The Great Gatsby is Overrated

    by Alexa Weber4

  • With even more odd photos, Hollow City is an urgent necessity for those itching to know what happens next to the Bird and peculiar children in war-devastated London as they seek to defeat the hollows.

    Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

    Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

    by Amanda Leitch1

  • Celtic mythology is rich with symbolism of life, death and rebirth, replete with the magic of nature and the ancient world. This article outlines some of the most famous stories from Celtic mythology, in Celtic Ireland and Britain.

    Celtic Mythology: Myths of the Ancient World

    Celtic Mythology: Myths of the Ancient World

    by Marie McKeown9

  • For that paranormal romance fix or a bit of creative inspiriation, these are the authors who's books I always have close.

    My Go-To Paranormal Romance Authors

    My Go-To Paranormal Romance Authors

    by Mary Spotted Eagle Woman Roberts0

  • Summer is here and so is the desire to enter a world of romance far from our own. Here are five awesome young adult novels to help control your feelings, as well as possibly add a few more.

    5 Teen Books for the Hopeless Romantic

    5 Teen Books for the Hopeless Romantic

    by Adarian Turner0

  • The Adventure of the Naval Treaty is a short Sherlock Holmes story from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Watson brings a case to Holmes for a friend's reputation is being tarnished by the theft of a treaty.

    Plot Summary of the Adventure of the Naval Treaty

    Plot Summary of the Adventure of the Naval Treaty

    by Colin Quartermain0

  • William March's final novel, The Bad Seed, is rich in psychological suspense but relies heavily on flipping the roles of male and female archetypal characters that stem from Freudian concepts.

    Female Archetypes in The Bad Seed

    Female Archetypes in The Bad Seed

    by UndercoverAgent190

  • The novel Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts is an epic page turner, but also the subject of much controversy. Is author Roberts a "lying junkie," or is this really his story?

    Shantaram Book Review - Lunchtime Lit with Mel

    Shantaram Book Review - Lunchtime Lit with Mel

    by Mel Carriere32

  • This essay delves into the reasons why Eve cannot be seen as a "femme fatale" and puts an uncommon twist on a popular story that encourages readers to think past their preconceived notions.

    Can Eve Be Considered a Femme Fatale?

    Can Eve Be Considered a Femme Fatale?

    by Ellei Kay0

  • Henry was indeed a cosmopolitan; the James family travelled across Europe during 1855 and 1860. Henry’s brother William James is considered to be one of the greatest psychologists of all time.

    Henry James and His Novels

    Henry James and His Novels

    by Prabhat Parimal0

  • How Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's 'Sherlock Holmes' stories formed some of the most successful modern television structures and character archetypes in our age.

    Sherlock Holmes: The Archetype of an Age

    Sherlock Holmes: The Archetype of an Age

    by Mitchell Charman3

  • The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet sees Sherlock Holmes recovering missing precious stones, and proving the innocence of the chief suspect in the theft; the obvious answer is not necessary the right o

    Plot Summary of the Adventure of the Beryl Coronet

    Plot Summary of the Adventure of the Beryl Coronet

    by Colin Quartermain0

  • Begun as a short story in answer to a competition suggested by Lord Byron in 1816, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s Frankenstein has reached from the Romantic era into our own 21st century, and remains as relevant today as when originally written....

    Frankenstein’s Monster: Revolutionary and Relevant

    Frankenstein’s Monster: Revolutionary and Relevant

    by E. Nicolson11

  • A Christmas Carol is a timeless classic created by Charles Dickens. He wished to strike a blow on behalf of the children abused in factories. The story will forever haunt our homes.

    Inspiration for A Christmas Carol

    Inspiration for A Christmas Carol

    by Deborah Minter0

  • Treachery, personal finances, and a woman's drive to make it on her own are the elements of this story. This period novel written in 1941 gives a clear picture of what L.A. was like before WWII.

    Mildred Pierce: Female Fiction In 1941

    Mildred Pierce: Female Fiction In 1941

    by Sherry Venegas6

  • Charlotte Perkins Gilman immerses us into the psyche of a young wife and mother who is powerless in her peril in which no one understands. The Yellow Wallpaper is a first person view of what insanity and disconnection can look like. From...

    Psychoanalytical Critique of The Yellow Wallpaper

    Psychoanalytical Critique of The Yellow Wallpaper

    by AnastasiaO1

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